Act Noir

ACT NOIR born from the ashes of ALMA MATER. Sergio Calzoni (electronics) started this new project in order to explore music soundscapes far from the electro-symphonic-bombastic moods of Alma Mater. The music trajectories of Act Noir focus on trip-hop, psychedelic, ambient but also techno and prog-rock in some cases… Anyway they like to define their genre as a psych-dark-rock.

The first member who joined Act Noir was Stefano Nieri (guitars). Soon afterwards they found in Michele Gozzi (bass) and Claudio Pilati (drums) the right chemistry to drive the “rhythmic-groove-engine” of the group. In this period the band worked with the singer Elisabetta Bevilacqua, who left the project at the end of 2001.

Lot of rehearsals, in order to find some sort of music identity. During the same period Act Noir performed live in different occasions, experience that helped a lot to find more cohesion and to refine the structure of the songs.

Sergio moved to Copenhagen. Thanks to an ad on a local newspaper he met Nicholas Hill, singer of the space-rock band The Universals, and started to work on the lyrics for the many songs composed. His outstanding vocal contributions, tinge the Act Noir sound with dramatic shades of living pathos…
Thanks to his home-studio, set it up in a weird-container-house, and to the "broadband connection", Sergio managed to continue a virtual collaboration with his Italian friends/musicians.

During the "danish exile" Sergio founded also a side-project called ARTRA, by means of which he composed a sonorization for the performance/installation “Nika Is Dead” based in Copenhagen. The proposed music was an almost two hours assemblage of brand new experimental-ambient pieces, and several unfinished tracks taken from the Act Noir archive. A seven minutes movie with excerpts of the music score has been edited of such installation, visit the DOWNLOAD page for an MPG version of the video.

The first Act Noir demo-CD “Cosmo Minimized E.P.” is issued. Unexpectedly the five tracks included received very positive reviews and feedbacks, that gave confidence to the band to continue in the composition process of new tunes.
In late autumn the Italian cult band MonumentuM commissioned to Act Noir the remix of the track “Distance”. The remix is included in “Metastasi”, album containing rarities and various unreleased material of MonumentuM.

The track “Unheimlich” is included in the Italian compilation “k:goth” produced by Kronic, a very popular web-magazine here in the Mafia country…
The band works hard both in Italy and in Denmark to complete the production/mixing phase of the whole bunch of songs to be included in their debut album.

In December 2005 Act Noir signed a record deal with the Italian label My Kingdom Music.
The long awaited debut CD “Automatisme Psychique” was released on March the 3rd, 2006.

Quelle: Psychique (year: 2006)

Cosmo Minimized Demo-E.P. (year: 2003) www


Automatisme Psychique - Cover
Calzoni gefällig? So heißt nämlich der Macher der Band, die entgegen der Vermutungen angesichts des CD-Titels aus Italien kommt - und nicht aus Frankreich.